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Hi I'm Ann

I am a native Californian, a retired elementary school teacher, mother and grandmother. Now I am a missionary!

About Me

After marriage and completion of my college education, we started our family. After our youngest child entered school, I started my career as an elementary school teacher. I enjoyed teaching kindergarten and first grade and retired after reaching the 25 year mark. I love doing cross stitch and cooking for my family. I love getting together with my own family, and my extended family. I have loved traveling the east coast, the south, and the western states. I did go on a cruise to Mexico and have traveled to Ireland. It is exciting to visit new places and see the sights and explore the life of people in different areas. I love eating out and trying new foods.I like to read, watch movies and lately I have taken up a daily walk around a nearby lake. My new domestic skills are painting and decorating, cleaning and organizing, and shopping for the grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My parents had a large family and we always participated in church and lived the gospel standards. My parents served faithfully in church leadership callisngs and set a wonderful example for me. I wanted to be like them. Of course, I had to develop my testimony over time by attending church, praying, reading the scriptures and living principles of the gospel such as paying tithing, fasting, family prayer, following the Word of Wisdom and planning for a temple marriage and family of my own. I continue to have a faith, belief and knowledge of the principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and my life experience and challenges have brought me closer to the Lord and reconfirmed by testimony by living true to the covenants I made at baptism. .I know I am following a course of action that leads me to the happiness in this life and eternally with my family.

How I live my faith

I have always served and participated in various church callings and responsibilities and church activities. These have involved music, teaching, social activities, Sunday School, young women's groups and other leadership responsibilities I live my religion by trying to be Christlike, obeying the commandments and serving others. The gospel is a way of life and I have instilled this into the lives of my children and now my grandchildren. It is important to me to worship the Lord and obey his will. I have read the scriptures with my family and weekly attend church together with family.I have tried to be an example for my children and others by following the Savior and doing what he would do.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is more than faith or a conviction. It is a spiritual witness or confirmation from the Holy Ghost that a certain thing is true. It is more than just a feeling, but a surety of knowledge that motivates you to have a desire to live and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. A testimony is gained by study, pondering and personal prayer. A testimony may not come immediately, but as one continues to seek and follow the commandments or things the Lord has asked of us, an answer is received. It is a wonderful experience to know that God hears and answers prayers and is concerned about us knowing the truth and following his will. An answer from the Lord fills your whole soul because it is without doubt as a confirmation, understanding and enlightenment and spiritual witness that is difficult to describe, but nonetheless real and personal. Show more Show less